Schedule for March 2020                              IHC home page

Sunday March 1, 2020   D&R Canal Walk # 4—Kingstone Lock to Rt-1                                    Moderate

This hike is about 8 miles of interesting views along the D&R Canal. We pass by Carnegie Lake where rowing events occur in milder weather. From the Carnegie Dam the old preserved Grist Mill can be seen at an old dam on the Millstone River. Then hiking across the Upper Millstone Dam and walking along the outskirts of Princeton, we see the Princeton University up on the hill. After the canal passes under the Princeton Dinky (Shortest passenger RR in USA) its back to the trees for views.

Shuttle required.     Rain or bad weather cancels this hike.

Leader:     Guy Percival               973-590-7427           [email protected] 

Meet: 9:30 AM     Rt-1 Northbound, D&R Parking, Lawrence Township NJ 08648

From NJ Turnpike Exit 9: Go North on Rt-18, 1 mi to Rt-1 southbound. On Rt-1 Southbound drive 20 mi to I-295 interchange. Continue 0.8 mile to next light at Franklin Corner & Bakers Basin Rds. Make a Jug Handle U-turn from the slow lane back onto Rt-1 Northbound. Drive 0.4 mi to the D&R Parking on the right.   GPS Meeting Place (40.2791, -74.7012)

Note! If late or lost see below!

We will shuttle some cars to D& R Canal Parking Rt-27, Kingston, (Princeton) NJ 08540   GPS Shuttle (40.3745, -74.6179)

From the parking Lot: Drive north on Rt-1, 8.1 mi to Ridge Rd. Exit onto Ridge Rd Westbound toward Kingston. Drive 1 mi bearing right at 1 mi onto Heathcote Rd to junction with Rt-27 at light. Turn left and go 0.3 mi on Rt-27 to D&R Parking entrance on the left.


Note! Daylight Saving Resumes Sunday March 8, 2020! Turn Clocks Ahead! [Lose Sleep]


Sunday March 8, 2020   D&R Feeder Canal Walk # 5—Scudders Falls to Lambertville    Moderate

The D&R Feeder Canal parallels the Delaware River from Bull Island to Trenton. This hike of about 7 miles on the Canal Path is from Scudders Falls to Lambertville. Along the way we will see Scudders Falls, the Lambert Lock where canal boats crossed the free running Delaware to get to the Pa Canal on the West bank, with the help of cables. The Lambertville Wing Dam was built to assist the crossing by controlling the water depth. Great views may be had by walking out on the rocks part way. It will be a little early to see kayaks shooting the gap in the dam.   Shuttle required.   Rain or bad weather cancels this hike.

Leader:     Guy Percival               973-590-7427           [email protected] 

Meet: 9:30 AM     Lambertville Public Parking, 1 Bridge St, Lambertville NJ 08530 GPS

From I-287 Exit 17 (Rts-206/202 south): Take Rt-202 south through the Somerville Circle, past Flemington about 24 mi to Rt-179 about 5 miles before the Delaware Bridge. Go south on Rt-179 for 5.1 mi to the Lambertville Light. Turn right onto Bridge St and drive toward the Bridge and just before the bridge, turn left into the parking drive next to the Lambertville Station. Drive down to the parking along the river close to the bridge.   GPS Meeting Place (40.3654, -74.9464)

Note! If late or lost see below!

We will shuttle cars to Scudders Falls D& R Canal Parking, Bernard Dr; Ewing Township NJ 08628   GPS Shuttle (40.2654, -74.8477)

From the parking Lot: Turn right back onto Bridge St and drive to Rt-29/ Rt-179 light and turn right and drive south on Rt-29, River Rd. Proceed 9 miles until you come to turnoff for Rt-175. Taking the turnoff go 1 block to Bernard Dr. crossing and turn right crossing the Canal into the D&R Parking.


Sunday           March 15, 2020                  Stokes Hike                           Moderately Strenuous

Will be hiking on the Lackner Trail, and the AT where we will enjoy views of Lake Owassa and Culver Lake. Stopping at the fire tower for some very awesome views there too. Hike will be approximately 9+ miles. Rain cancels this hike.

Leaders:    Mike Roulier               201-522-0259           [email protected]

                  Jill Wilson                   973-879-0531           [email protected]

Meet: 8:30AM – Hike starts 9:00 AM   Kittle Field Parking Lot, Stokes St. Forest, 13 Kittle Rd, Sandyston NJ 07826

From I-80 West Exit 34B: Take Rt-15 north about 17 mi. to Rt-206 (Rt-15 ends). Continue straight on Rt-206 north 6+ mi. towards Culvers Gap and AT trail crossing sign. Proceed an additional mi. and the Park Entrance is on the right off Rt-206. Turning right drive about 2 mi past the Ranger Station (Warm John’s) on Coursen Rd, to intersection with Kittle Rd, turn left and continue 100 feet to parking lot on left. Heated Rest Rooms are available at Kittle Field!  

                        Park Entrance: 30 Rt-206, Branchville NJ 07826                   GPS (41.1843, -74.7974)

                  Kittle Field Parking: 13 Kittle Road Sandyston NJ 07826     GPS Meeting Place (41.2062, -74.7746)


Sunday March 22, 2020 AT #15 Hike—Bear Mt. Br. to Rt-9/Graymoor            Moderately Strenuous

About 7.5 miles in length, this section has the lowest elevation of the AT @ 176 ft. From the Bridge there are excellent views of the Hudson Highlands. A steep climb up and we reach the Camp Smith Trail. We will take a 1-mile round trip diversion to Anthony’s Nose, (named after pre-Revolutionary War sea captain, Anthony Hoganwhich and not Mad Anthony Wayne.) We will be rewarded with views of Bear Mt. and the Bridge we just crossed, and Iona Island is also visible. Returning to the AT, it continues thru mostly wooded area, and then a good view of West of Hudson. After descending the trail passes Hemlock Springs Campground before climbing Canada Hill. Several side trails that lead to the Manitoga Nature Preserve are passed, those we will ignore. Then after one last view of the Bridge and West Point we descend and cross a boardwalk to the end of this section and our cars.    Rain cancels this hike.    Shuttle required.

Leader: Paul Ferlazzo                  973-979-2010           [email protected] 

Meet: 9:00 AM     AT Parking, Jct Rt-9 & Rt-403, Philipstown NY 10524

Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway: North to Rt-9W traffic circle near Bear Mountain Bridge (about 18 miles north of NY State Thruway). At the Rotary go around following Rt 202 to Bear Mt Bridge. After paying toll drive across bridge to intersection with Rt-9D & Rt-202. Turn right and follow the winding scenic Rt-202 south for 3 mi to the junction with Rt-9. Take Rt-9 North 4 mi to Rt-403 and AT Parking nearby at the intersection. GPS Meeting Place (41.3508, -73.9262)

Note! If late or lost see below!

We will shuttle cars to the start at Fort Montgomery Overflow Pkg on Rt-9W North, 708 Rt-9W, Highland Falls NY 10928

GPS Shuttle (41.3283, -73.9877)

From the AT Parking at Rt-9/Rt-403 intersection: Go south 4 mi on Rt-9 to the Rt-202 intersection. Turn right and follow the winding scenic Rt-202 north for 3 mi to the Bear Mt Bridge. Turn left crossing the bridge (no Toll) to the Rt-9W traffic circle. Go north on Rt-9W about mi across Popolopen Bridge (0.3 mi past Fort Montgomery entrance) to “Additional parking” at end of viaduct just off the east side of Rt-9W.


Hint for end of day! If there is heavy traffic on Rt-9W and a U turn is dangerous, then: From the Overflow Parking Lot, Turn right on to Rt-9W northbound and getting in fast lane, go to light 0.2 mi ahead at Firefighters Memorial Dr. Turning left at light, it should be possible to make a safe U-turn onto Rt-9W southbound.


→IHC Hike Ideas due by Saturday March 28th 2020


Sunday March 29, 2020 Watchung Reservation Historical        Moderately Strenuous

We'll hike part of the Sierra Trail and lots of connecting trails perhaps visiting the Stables, Surprise Lake, Ancient Cemetery, Deserted Village, Seely's Pond, and end at the Nature Center.  

Leader: Udi Cohen                       732-543-4624           [email protected]

Meet: 9:00 AM     Watchung Reservation, Trailside Museum, 462 New Providence Rd, Mountainside NJ 07092

From Eastbound I-78, Exit 44 toward New Providence/Berkeley Heights: Turn left onto Glenside Ave. Continue 1.3 mi and turn right onto Watchung Reservation, Tracy Dr. Continue 1.3 mi. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Summit Lane. Continue 0.4 mi and turn right onto New Providence Rd, then Continue 0.2 mi to the parking lot of Trailside Nature & Science Center.

From West bound I-78, Exit 43: Proceed right on Diamond Hill Rd. to Traffic Light and turn right onto McMane Ave. Go on mi to intersection of Glenside Ave. and turn left. Continue mi to Watchung Reservation, Tracy Dr. on right. Continue to the first circle and take first right onto Summit Lane. Go mi and bear right onto New Providence Rd. to the end. The Trailside Parking is on right.

From Garden State Parkway Exit 140 (Rt-22): Take Rt-22 west about 4.3 mi to Summit Rd turn right and continue 1.2 mi to Summit Lane. Go 0.7 mi and at the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Summit Lane (Boro of Mountainside). Continue 0.5 mi and bear right onto New Providence Rd. to the end. The Trailside Parking Area is on right.   GPS Meeting Place (40.6826, -74.3728)


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